Jo Field Chart.PR FCIPR,
Founder and Chief Executive JFG Communications

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Jo Field is the Founder and Chief Executive of JFG Communications, a consultancy specialising in stakeholder engagement, political communications and diversity.  
Recognised among the top 100 most influential women in Westminster, Jo has 18 years of experience in helping companies engage their stakeholders, build advocacy about what they do, and inform and influence public policy. Jo is a trainer on the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) stakeholder engagement course and a leading industry expert in this field. 
Before founding JFG, Jo worked at Transport for London where she built and led the company’s award-winning stakeholder engagement team for almost a decade.   

Jo is the President of Women in Transport and is incredibly passionate about addressing women’s under-representation in the transport industry workforce.  
Jo is also a trustee of Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking and a volunteer for the CIPR. 
Jo is a Chartered Public Relations practitioner and a Fellow of the CIPR.  
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Iain Aitch, media consultant,
Expert senior copywriter

Iain Aitch 

Iain Aitch is a media consultant, journalist and copywriter with over 25 years of experience of working with national and international press. A thought leader having worked extensively with government organisations, universities and academics in conjunction with bodies such as the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Open Data Institute (ODI), University of Kent and Nesta to create communications for internal use, informing the public, media relations and funder communications.

Farzana Baduel Chart.PR, MCIPR,
CEO, Curzon PR

Farzana Baduel 

Farzana Baduel is the CEO of Curzon PR. She has been appointed as the Resident Public Relations expert and Ambassador for the Oxford Foundry, the University of Oxford’s entrepreneurship centre. A passionate advocate of strategic communications, she champions the power of PR as a dynamic force for building bridges and unifying the world’s voices into a global narrative. She set up Curzon PR in 2009, having previously served as Vice-Chair of Business Relations for the UK Conservative Party.

Farzana holds a Fellowship at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). She regularly lectures around the world and is a media commentator on PR, diversity and women leadership. She is a trustee at The British Asian Trust, has won awards including Entrepreneur of the Year at WPO, Businesswoman of the Year at the Muslim Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and the Media Professional of the Year at the AMA Awards.

Simon Baugh,
Chief Executive of the Government Communication Service

Simon Baugh 

Simon became the Chief Executive of the Government Communication Service (GCS) in October 2021. He previously served as a Director of Communication in three government departments - the Home Office, the Department for Exiting the European Union, and the Department for Transport. Before that Simon had a 15 year career in the private sector, including senior communications roles at Heathrow Airport. As Chief Executive of GCS, Simon is responsible for leading the entire communications profession across Government. Simon works with No.10 to develop and deliver the Government’s communications strategy, and help departments and other public sector bodies work together to tackle the big challenges the country faces.


Nicola Blackwood,
Member of the House of Lords

Nicola Blackwood 

Until early 2020 as Minister for Innovation at the Department of Health and Social Care Nicola Blackwood’s responsibilities included life sciences research, medicines regulation, global health security, vaccines, and trade. Other major policy areas included the Genomics Healthcare Strategy, the National Rare Diseases Conversation, the Innovative Medicines Fund, NICE Methods Review and of course sector preparedness for Brexit. 
Baroness Blackwood is the current Chair of Genomics England, Member of the Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, a Board Trustee at The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, and is an Honorary Professor, Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, at UCL. 

John Foley,
advertising client partner, Isobar

John Foley  

As an experienced advertising client partner, John Foley has helped brands rise to the challenge of creating more meaningful and strategic brand experiences. John started his career in London, England working across both UK and EMEA assignments. His expertise across media, marketing strategy and brand experience, has made him an invaluable business partner to many leading brands.  John currently works at Isobar - a leading digital creative experience agency managing relationships with their priority Digital Experience, Commerce, Health and Business Transformation clients across Canada and the United States.

Angele Giuliano,
Managing Director, AcrossLimits

Angele Giuliano

An international businesswoman with 20+ years of expertise in the processes of engaging and getting ready to apply for grants and procurement projects funded by the European Union (EU).  Her focus is on making the best use of European opportunities (including the UK), for organisational and business growth.

Angele is CEO and managing director of AcrossLimits, a company that empowers pre-qualified organisations to engage with the EU.  She is an evaluator, reviewer and jury member for the European Commission and several national governments in Europe since 2001.  Angele was appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of Horizon 2020, by the European Commission, and chosen as the National Champion of the European Innovation Council.  She is an author of international thought leadership articles.

Anne Gregory

Professor Emeritus in Corporate Communication, the University of Huddersfield

Anne Gregory

A former President of the CIPR and a member of its #AIinPR  Panel. Anne is the co-author of three major reports on the impact of AI on the profession and director of the Global Capability Project which seeks to enhance the role and capabilities of practitioners across the world. She teaches on the Government Communication Service Masters in Strategic Communication Leadership and on executive education programmes in three continents and holds the CIPR’s Sir Stephen Tallents Medal for outstanding contribution to the profession.

Angus Hay,
Managing Director, JournoLink

Angus Hay 

Angus Hay is the Managing Director of the online PR platform, JournoLink. With 16 years experience in strategy, commercialisation, innovation, and disruption his focus is on how SaaS/software and digitisation can be used in the media and PR world both to save time and reduce costs for PR professionals when managing their client's needs. He is heavily committed to solutions that address client retention and satisfaction levels.

Raj Kumar,
Group Brand and Reputation Director, Aviva

Raj Kumar

As Group Brand and Reputation Director at Aviva Plc, Raj Kumar recently led the project to rearticulate Aviva’s purpose, values and brand.  Raj previously held leadership roles in Europe and Asia with companies like Siemens AG, Experian and Nokia.  He believes in driving performance that is underpinned by building a positive, honest and inclusive culture that embraces change. 

Raj serves as an NED with the Princes’ Teaching Institute and Swim England.  Named as Marketing Weeks top 100 most effective marketers, Financial Service Marketer of the year 2020, he is a Fellow of the Marketing Society, has sat on the senior council of the MRS and is a lecturer in Accenture’s Marketing Leaders programme. 

James Lyons,
Director of Communications, NHS England and NHS Improvement

James Lyons 

James joined NHS England as head of Media and Public Affairs in 2017 after a career in journalism. He was Deputy Political Editor of The Sunday Times, having previously held the same position at the Daily Mirror.

Charlotte McLeod MCIPR,
CEO, Allegory Communications

Charlotte McLeod

Charlotte is a senior communications and training professional with extensive UK and international experience, spanning the Business, Consumer, Public and Third sectors.  She has led behaviour change campaigns, nationwide commemorative celebrations and strategic communications for UK government departments and global corporates.

Charlotte leads award-winning strategic communication agency Allegory.  In July 2020, Allegory launched a Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR) report, ‘What You Need To Know Right Now’, setting out the urgent need for organisations to act in this area and providing a framework to support leaders with planning and communication.

Tessa Murray,
Director, Tortoise Media

Tessa Murray

Tessa Murray is the Director of Communications and Employee Voice Lead at Tortoise Media.  Tessa was formerly Director of Communications for Allianz Global Investors, J.P.Morgan Cazenove and Betfair.ors, J.P.Morgan Cazenove and Betfair.

Rob Price,
co-founder of the principle of “Corporate Digital Responsibility"

Rob Price

Owner of corporate digital responsibility  and a-new-digital-responsibility podcasts.  
He is Trustee of Inspire+ and a Director at Alchemmy , a management consultancy that helps organisations grow and thrive in a sustainable world.  He was previously a Managing Partner at Atos Consulting, Chief Digital Officer at Atos and COO & Deputy CEO at Worldline UK&I.

Jacqueline Purcell CHart.PR, FCIPR,
CEO Jasper Alliance London

Jacqueline Purcell 

Jacqueline Purcell is a speaker at conferences around the world, in the House of Europe and the EU. She is CEO and co-founder of Jasper Alliance London, a company that positions organisations to explore international opportunities.  She is an accredited international business consultant and trainer and she develops bespoke curriculum for the UN.
Jacqueline is an interviewer, news editor, producer of award-winning documentaries and a published author of international thought leadership articles.  She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and IPRA board member.

Anna Salter,
Evaluation Director, Kantar

Anna Salter

Anna is an insight professional in the area of communications and corporate reputation.  Anna has worked with clients across all sectors to help them understand the ROI of earned media. She has a particular interest understanding how well companies are articulating their reputation for sustainability across all stakeholders, and recently completed The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in Business Sustainability Management.   

Dr Francesca Sobande,
Lecturer, researcher, writer

Dr Francesca Sobande

Dr Francesca Sobande is a Lecturer in Digital Media Studies and Director of the BA Media, Journalism and Culture programme at Cardiff University. Her work focuses on the power and politics of media and the marketplace, including issues concerning identity and intersecting inequalities. Francesca is the author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain , co-author of forthcoming Black Oot Here: Black Lives in Scotland , and is writing a book that builds on her previous work on brand "woke-washing" to explore the relationship between digital remix culture, consumer culture, and social justice. Her research has been published in a range of international journals.


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